Category Archives: Morals
The First Vatican Council pronounced that the pope, in or out of council, would be protected by God with the gift of infallibility whenever he should define a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Matters of Faith can only involve religious propositions and the matter of those propositions are true or false judgments. A moral definition would involve a proposition that is right or wrong, rather than true or false. The difference between the two involves the end being sought. A doctrinal pronouncement defines a religious truth, which is the object of the intellect. A moral pronouncement defines a good, which is the object of the will. One could say that Faith engages intellectual belief, morals engage voluntary action.
A moral act is a human act performed with knowledge and free will. Every consciously deliberate action is a moral act, and each one is either morally good or morally evil. If it leads us to our final end, eternal salvation, it is a morally good act. If it takes us away from salvation, it is a morally evil act, a sin. Morals, therefore, pertain to human conduct.
Articles in this section treat of a wide variety of issues that, immediately, proximately, or remotely, deal with the morality of human acts, whether individually or as a society.
Yet, this Preamble to the Irish Constitution is still on the books: In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred,We, the people of Éire, Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial, Gratefully remembering … More →
First Things: Today, most Dutch doctors openly embrace euthanasia and assisted suicide—and not only for those who are dying. A just-released study in the Journal of Medical Ethics delineates the profoundly corrupted medical morality of the Netherlands. The study asked doctors about their practice of, and attitudes toward, euthanasia. An astonishing 60 percent of respondents reported having lethally injected a patient. Demonstrating how thoroughly euthanasia consciousness … More →
The neoconservative warhawk Pamela Geller did what all great strategists in the history of armed conflict would recommend — from Sun Tzu to Thucydides to B. H. Liddell Hart: she organized a cartoon drawing contest to mock what is most sacred to her enemy in an effort to show the moral superiority of her people over that enemy. Brilliant. If Ms. Geller cannot be commended for prudence or fortitude, she … More →
This is from a man who supported Roe v Wade, and still does. And he was the leader of the USA for four years. He calls aborting baby girls “murder” in sex-selection abortions, but not in other abortions where the killing is for other reasons. It’s not that I am singling out Carter. All of our presidents that had to deal with the issue (including … More →
In any reflective discussion of a man’s “chivalrous disposition” or of the “chivalrous ethos and attitude” itself, one is also soon likely to speak of “a man of honor” and even “the matter of honor” itself and perhaps even “honor’s” own etymological relation to “honesty” — and even as a form of “gracious but firm forthrightness.” However, today, one does not usually, or immediately, think … More →
CNA: With the Supreme Court set to rule on a potentially far-reaching marriage case this summer, several hundred corporations are pushing for the court to require “gay marriage” recognition nationwide. Reuters reported last week that almost 400 businesses had filed a “friend of the court” brief favoring a redefinition of marriage in a set of cases before the Court that will decide whether states, under the … More →
Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane: I will be honest. I am tired. I am angry. I am frustrated. This is likely an uncharacteristically emotional post because, after nearly a decade of writing about biotechnology, I am uncharacteristically horrified. The UK has officially approved the creation of embryos with three genetic parents, and babies created with this technique are likely to be born within the next year. … More →
I remember my father going around the neighborhood on his feet asking store owners to at least get pornographic material out of view and, better yet, not to sell it at all. If they agreed to the latter they could post a Legion of Decency certificate in their window. This was a crusade sponsored by our local parish. I think the men who volunteered back then in … More →
Open Letter to Justice Kennedy: June is nigh, and with it will come your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage. I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is … More →
Four years ago I posted a column on our website about Lou Tseng-tsiang, a Prime Minister in the Chinese Republic in the early 1900s. While serving in his post Lou Tseng, who had been Protestant, converted to the Catholic Faith, under the influence of his devout Belgian wife. You can read about him here. After her death, Lou entered a Benedictine monastery in Belgium, was ordained, and later … More →
Bishop Lynch special to Tampa Bay Times: “Therefore, I do not wish to lend our voice to notions which might suggest that same-sex couples are a threat incapable of sharing relationships marked by love and holiness and, thus, incapable of contributing to the edification of both the church and the wider society.” More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Steve Skojec, 1 Peter 5: 15 years ago last August, as I walked the streets of Vienna with my college classmates, we stopped briefly before a plain, unassuming church with an exterior the color of freshly dug clay. In a city (and continent) full of stunning architecture, this was a spot more likely than not to escape our notice entirely. But our guide — a professor from … More →
What follows is an exact reposting of “Analysis of grave flaws in family synod final report: Urgent prayer and action needed” from the Voice of the Family site. Earlier this month the Synod Secretariat published the lineamenta of the Ordinary Synod on the Family to be held in October 2015. This lineamenta consists of (1) the final report (relatio synodi) of the Extraordinary Synod held … More →
TFP: Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota – a Catholic institution founded in 1885 – are currently being offered “volunteer/internship opportunities” with mega-abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to the university’s web site. Other pro-abortion advocacy groups featured by the university as “volunteer/internship opportunities,” include NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Pro-Choice Resources, Family Tree Clinic, and the National Organization for Women-Minnesota (NOW). More on this … More →
Phil Lawler has what may be considered by some traditional-minded Catholics a “controversial” article on Catholic Culture website on this current issue of the CIA’s use of torture to get information from terrorists or suspected terrorists. Prescinding from the issue of capital punishment, which the Church has never objected to for certain crimes, when it comes to torture, Lawler, in my view, is right. Catholic … More →